A Soldier's Secret by Marissa Moss
The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero

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Historical fiction at its best, this novel by bestselling author Marissa Moss tells the story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, who masqueraded as a man named Frank Thompson during the Civil War. Among her many adventures, she was a nurse on the battlefield and a spy for the Union Army, and was captured by (and escaped from) the Confederates. The novel is narrated by Sarah, offering readers an in-depth look not only at the Civil War but also at her journey to self-discovery as she grapples with living a lie and falling in love with one of her fellow soldiers. Using historical materials to build the foundation of the story, Moss has crafted a captivating novel for the YA audience. The book includes a Civil War timeline, archival photos, a glossary of names, and a detailed note on sources.
 

About Marissa Moss

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Marissa Moss has written and illustrated many books for children, including the popular Amelia's Notebook series, the picture book Nurse, Soldier, Spy, and a middle-grade novel, The Pharaoh's Secret. She lives in Berkeley, California.
 
Published September 15, 2012 by Amulet Books. 408 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Moss' moving first-person narration, based largely on Edmonds' own autobiography and other first-person documents, shows Frank gradually finding in her war comrades the close-knit and loving family she never had, while becoming increasingly valued for her courage and compassion.

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In one of two noteworthy picture-book biographies of this Civil War figure out this spring (the other being Carrie Jones's Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender), Moss and Hendrix focus on Edmonds' life as a young adult, as she assumes the identity of Frank Thompson and volunteers to join the ...

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Moss returns to the subject of her 2011 picture book Nurse, Soldier, Spy with a captivating piece of YA historical fiction based on the daring life of Civil War heroine Sarah Emma Edmonds.

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Marissa Moss’s newest book, A Soldier’s Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero, is about a girl who wanted adventure and ended up being an influential force in the Union Army.

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Then she falls in love with Jerome, a fellow nurse who has a sweetheart back home and considers “Frank” his best Army buddy.

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